While the globe may already be convinced the men’s sprint titles at the IAAF World Championships
of Athletics (WCA) here can only be won by one of two athletes, other competitors are unwilling to concede defeat and some may even be quietly fuming over what they perceive as disrespect for their abilities.

Following the first two rounds of the 100 metres on yesterday’s WCA opening day, several sprinters admitted that they were not being given much chance to win the event as nearly all the buzz was centred on Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, the world-record holder, and reigning World champion Tyson Gay of the United States.

"It doesn’t affect me, but it affects everybody else. They always have it as a two-man match-up," St Kitts and Nevis’ Kim Collins, the 2003 WCA champion in the 100 metres, said of the Bolt-Gay hype.

"It’s like 96 of us came here. So for them to do that, it’s a little bit disrespectful to most people. But me, it doesn’t matter."…Read More

 

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7 Comments

  1. I agree with kim collins 100%. I’m a jamaican from Trelawney. I’ve been around track a long time, and I find it very disrespectful the way that the other athletes are treated by the media, as if they are un important. These men are all world class and have devoted their lives to their craft. I am a huge fan of Jamaican athletes but the other athletes are very talented people as well and deserve recognition for what they do.

  2. I agree with kim collins 100%. I’m a jamaican from Trelawney. I’ve been around track a long time, and I find it very disrespectful the way that the other athletes are treated by the media, as if they are un important. These men are all world class and have devoted their lives to their craft. I am a huge fan of Jamaican athletes but the other athletes are very talented people as well and deserve recognition for what they do

  3. Get use to it. When Tiger Woods or Michael Phelps compete the MAJOR focus is on them; the best within the group. Few spectators are at an event to see second best, and it does not mean disrespect to the other competitors. It all translates into entertainment value, which translates into dollars. As they say, it is what it is.

  4. Kim Collins is shrouding his pain as a has been and making it appears as if he is talking for a host of athletes. I respect the man for what he contributed to the sport but he had his 15 minutes of fame so let Bolt and Tyson enjoy theirs. Its not as if they paid the media to write up about them.

    Mr. Collins need to join the rest of us as spectators and cheer them on. The time these guys are running have automatically retired him. Cheers to him, cheers to St. Kitts.

  5. kim give the man a break will you are you just jealous and badmine …
    if is was from a big country you all wouldn\;t being the way you are …leave the man alone he work hard for his win

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